Ikea and Swedish meatballs and my Grandma Claypoole’s death. I order the $4.99 Swedish meatball dinner at the Ikea cafeteria and think of my Grandma.
When she died, our friends and neighbors brought food. The funeral owner’s wife brought a Pyrex casserole dish filled with Swedish meatballs that Spring of 1969. It was my first meeting with them. They were the most tender flavorful meatballs I had ever eaten, enriched by sour cream blended into the gravy before serving.
The memory of sorrow and crying forever intertwined with Swedish meatballs.